Willis, Core Lee Age 81, formerly of Round Lake Heights, Illinois, died Tuesday, August 27, 2013 at Missouri Delta Medical Center in Sikeston, Missouri. She was born June 25, 1932 in Phil Campbell, Alabama, daughter of the late Alfred Russell Richie and Cynthia Jane (Richards) Cagle. She had worked for Regal China in Antioch, Illinois. On March 13, 1946 she married Aubrey Willis; he preceded her in death May 31, 1996. She is survived by three sons and three daughters-in-law, Gene and Sue Willis of Waukegan, Illinois, Gary and Norma Willis of Appleton, Wisconsin and Timothy and Connie Willis of Round Lake Beach, Illinois; three daughters and two sons-in-law, Diane and Steve Carlson of Lake Villa, Illinois, Judy Willis of Kenosha, Wisconsin and Debra Lynn and Russell Pollard of Nebraska; 9 grandchildren; and 17 great-grandchildren; and 3 great-great-grandchildren. In addition to her husband and parents, she was preceded in death by two sons, Lexie Willis and Frankie Willis; one daughter, Alice Jane Willis; two brothers, Daniel Richie and Albert Richie; and four sisters, Lora Phillips, Martha Roberts, Nellie Bailey and Jean Richie. Visitation will be held Saturday, August 31, from 11:00 a.m. until time of funeral services at 2:00 p.m. at Nichols Funeral Home in Haleyville, Alabama. Burial will follow in the Union Grove Cemetery in Haleyville, Alabama.
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Published in News Sun from Aug. 30 to Sept. 5, 2013